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Graduation Requirements

Eligibility for Degree

Tobe eligible for a Juris Doctor degree, a student must have: (1) received course credit for 87 semester hours or their equivalent; (2) satisfactorily completed all required courses; (3) achieved a cumulative average of 2.0 or better on all course work attempted, and (4) satisfied the residence requirements listed below.


Residence Requirements

A student in the full-time program must satisfy all of the requirements for the degree within a period of five consecutive calendar years; a student in the part-time program must satisfy all of these requirements within six consecutive calendar years.

A student in the full-time program must spend at least six semesters, or the equivalent thereof, in the study of law as a resident student. A student in the part-time program must spend at least eight semesters, or the equivalent thereof, in the study of law as a resident student.

A student in the full-time program earns one semester of resident study credit for each semester in which he or she is enrolled in at least ten hours and passes at least nine hours of work. A student in the part-time program earns one semester of resident study credit for each semester in which he or she is enrolled and passes at least eight hours of work.

A student passing less than the specified minimum credit hours receives only proportionate resident credit.


Juris Doctor Degree

The Juris Doctor (J.D.) will be conferred on each student who meets the graduation requirements set forth above.

Inrecognition of superior scholarship, a Juris Doctor degree may be granted with special honors as follows: Summa cum laude - cumulative average of at least 3.9 Magna cum laude - cumulative average of at least 3.6 Cum laude - cumulative average of at least 3.3

Last Updated: 3/22/15